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Cyclone Remal uproots trees, knocks down electric poles, inundates parts of Kolkata

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Kolkata: Overnight heavy rains and winds gusting up to 135 km per hour triggered by Severe Cyclone Remal destroyed thatched houses, knocked down electric poles and railway signal posts in Kolkata and several other districts of West Bengal on Monday.

Initial reports said several persons were injured due to house collapse or when hit by flying debris as Remal made its landfall between the coasts of West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh. The state government has already shifted to safer places around 1.10 lakh people living in low-lying areas.

According to the Regional Meteorological Centre here the landfall process began around 8-30 pm on Sunday and ended in the wee hours of Monday between Sagar Island in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district and Khepupara of Bang near Mongla.

It brought in its wake heavy rains, with Kolkata experiencing 146 mm of showers, and 100-110 km winds that gusted up to 135 km per hour, which uprooted trees and snapped overhead power cables. One person was injured in the city from wall collapse.

Areas in South Kolkata like Dhakuria, Park Circus and Ballygunge were under knee-deep water while Metro railway shades were blown away in Tollygunge and Kavi Nazrul stations.

Railway services have already been suspended as a precautionary measure in the suburban Sealdah South Section while the NSCBI airport was also shut down between 12 noon on Sunday and 9 am on Monday. Altogether 340 domestic and 54 international flights were cancelled.

Reports from North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts said many thatched houses were flattened due to the storm which also twisted electric posts.

Giant tidal waves were seen in the Bay of Bengal as the authorities prohibited the handful of remaining tourists from going near the sea in the Digha, Mandarmoni and other popular resorts in the coastal belt.

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